Tour Route

Our standard tour* starts by the fountains in Exhibition Square and ends in York’s most famous street, the Shambles (for a map, please click here). In between we would usually take in part of the 4th Century Roman fortifications and the ruins of the North’s largest medieval abbey, St. Mary’s, which, during August 2012, was the venue for York’s world famous Mystery Plays. We also normally visit the King’s Manor, the headquarters of Henry VIII’s Council of the North and now part of the University of York.

Depending on the conditions, we will enter two of the four major medieval gateways into the City (Bootham and Monk Bars) and take a walk along part of its ancient walls**, giving amazing views of York Minster, the jewel in York’s crown. We will then pass the much-haunted Treasurer’s House and St. William’s College with its hidden carving of the Madonna and Child. Towards the end of the tour, on days when the church is open, we will also visit Holy Trinity Goodramgate, a hidden medieval gem with 15th Century stained glass and Jacobean boxed pews. The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles.

* Please note that there is some flexibility in the tour route; while all of our guides are thoroughly trained in the above route, their local expert knowledge may result in the tour taking in other sites and/or occasionally omitting some of the above. We may also need to amend the tour route depending on the weather or other local conditions. 

**The walk along the walls involves climbing and descending stone steps and our guides will be pleased to suggest an alternative pavement-level walk to visitors who may have difficulty with this.  While we take every care to ensure the safety of our groups, individuals participating on the tour do so at their own risk. 

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    Exhibition Square
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    The Multangular Tower
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